The New England Revolution were eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night after a shocking 3-2 loss to Louisville City FC during a fourth-round match at Lynn Stadium.
The Revolution were second-best to the second-tier United Soccer League side the entire night, even though they held the lead twice.
Mark Segbers opened the scoring for the Revs in the 5th minute, capitalizing on an errant backpass for his first professional goal. But Louisville rallied off a goal by Oscar Jimenez, who finished a sequence started by Brian Ownby in the 11th minute.
New England briefly took the lead again in the 26th minute when Brandon Bye’s cross into the box deflected off the shin of Louisville defender Pat McMahon and bounced into the net.
Cameron Lancaster, a former English Premier League product who played with Revolution coach Brad Friedel at Tottenham in 2007, tied the game in the 37th minute with a blast from just outside the box. Then Ownby gave Louisville a lead they would not relinquish in the 63rd minute. He turned to shoot the ball into the upper left corner of the net, past Revs goalkeeper Brad Knighton.
The Revolution made a number of changes to the starting lineup from Saturday, which came from behind to beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2 at Gillette Stadium. Tuesday, New England looked nothing like a Major League Soccer club, let alone one currently occupying a playoff place.
Knighton started in goal; Andrew Farrell started in central defense with rookie Nico Samoyoa, who was withdrawn in the 35th minute due to injury and replaced with Jalil Anibaba; and Brandon Bye and Gabriel Somi, who was out for the Red Bulls game with an ankle injury, started on the flanks.
Then there was Scott Caldwell and Wilfried Zahibo in central midfield and Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Zachary Herivaux, Brian Wright and Segbers in the attack for their first competitive starts of the season.
No player stood out in the performance, and Friedel’s decision to sub off Somi and Hollinger-Janzen for Juan Agudelo and Kelyn Rowe, respectively, didn’t pay off. The Revs were outshot 15-7. They play next on the road against the Chicago Fire at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
|Louisville City FC||Team Statistics||New England Revolution|
|15 (7)||Shots (on Target)||9 (4)|
|326 (69.9%)||Passes Attempted (% Completed)||487 (78.2%)|